At the beginning of the year, the U.S’s largest car manufacturer, General Motors, invested $500 million in the Silicon-Valley based ride-share company, Lyft. The investment represented half of Lyft’s latest round of fundraising which would ultimately lead to a $5.5 billion valuation of the company. This made headlines in many of the big news sources as this seemed to be a partnership aimed at combining Lyft’s technology that matches customers with drivers and autonomous vehicle capabilities being developed by GM. While the goal of this partnership seems to be having a silo whereby autonomous vehicles wait until they are “hailed” by a customer using an app, this is not likely to happen for another 10 or so years. In the interim, the two companies are joining forces so that GM will rent their cars to Lyft drivers at a large discount. The partnership also seems to be a strategic move on GM’s part to perhaps curb any potential influence companies like Apple or Alphabet may have on the autonomous vehicle market. However, GM isn’t the only player that’s interested in developing car-phone software as Ford and Toyota announced that they would be working on developing software the links phone apps and car dashboard screens. Many questions arise from this announcement for me: are auto manufacturers planning to sell self-driving/autonomous vehicles to the public? Also, how will the consumers respond to vehicles that drive themselves? I personally like driving cars and would not like to give up the privilege of being able to do so, however I’m not sure whether this is where the industry may be heading; the goal of this partnership seems as if it will only be ride-sharing via autonomous vehicles in urban settings, but there could be a larger plan behind all of this.